Thousands of students at Leeds University were caught cheating on coursework and exams in the past 5 years.

The Finding

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, over 3000 students at Leeds University were caught cheating on coursework and exams over the last 5 years. The finding also showed that among the most common ways to cheat are using mobile phones and plagiarism.

Cheating is mostly prevalent in coursework, with 3,248 students caught plagiarizing. The number of students cheating on exams were significantly lower, with only 69 students found cheating over the past 5 years. The ways they were caught was when mobile phones they weren’t supposed to have on them accidentally started ringing.

What Are Universities Doing About It?

According to Universities UK, the vice chancellors group that represents the three universities in the city, said:

“Universities have severe penalties for students found to be submitting work that is not their own. Such academic misconduct is a breach of an institution’s disciplinary regulations and can result in students, in serious cases, being expelled from the university.

“With information now so readily available online, it has become increasingly important to engage with students from day-one to underline the implications of cheating and how it can be avoided. University support services are also there to help vulnerable students struggling with anxiety and stress around coursework and deadlines.

“The higher education sector has already done a lot of work in this area and universities have become more experienced in detecting and dealing with such forms of cheating.”

Leeds university was found to have the highest cheating rates in the study. It has also commented on the issue, saying that it has a program in place in order to crackdown on such lack of academic integrity.

A spokesperson for the university said: “This includes a module on academic integrity available to all students, and students with an admitted or found case of unfair practice are advised to undertake the module to improve their understanding and avoid future offenses.”

“We have a robust system for investigating suspected cases of unfair practice and considering admitted or found cases in place, to ensure that instances of cheating, plagiarism and other forms of unfair practice are kept to a minimum.”

He also added: “We have not seen a significant increase in the number of proven cases of plagiarism or cheating in recent years and continue to work closely with our students to ensure they place pride in their work and achievements. ““We take all incidents of cheating, plagiarism and other forms of unfair practice extremely seriously. Maintaining the academic integrity of our awards and safeguarding against unfair practice is very important to us.”

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